Joya Helmuth | March 23, 2017
The largest gathering of alumni, parents, students, and friends of Notre Dame in Asia came together this weekend in Beijing. Centered around Notre Dame International’s seventh Greater China Scholars Weekend, an annual event celebrating the top twenty high school applicants to Notre Dame from the greater China region, the Notre Dame community proved it is flourishing and excited about the future.
The Greater China Scholars program, designed to promote global leadership and service, is the University of Notre Dame’s largest scholarship program for international undergraduate students with a cohort of 45 scholars currently enrolled at Notre Dame. Led by Dr. Jonathan Noble, assistant provost for Asia and Beijing Global Gateway director, the Greater China Scholars program has received generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the HS Chau Foundation, and numerous alumni, parents, and friends.
The selection committee, comprised of Notre Dame alumni and faculty and chaired by Dr. Tom Bear, senior director of enrollment, conducted group and individual interviews focused on leadership and service. Weekend events also included information sessions on Notre Dame International’s study abroad programs, services for international students, and activities such as voting for a favorite “What Would You Fight For?” video and watching the movie “Rudy.”
Dr. Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, addressed the parents: “Please know that we welcome your sons and daughters into the Notre Dame family with open arms, and support them through their education in all ways—mind, body, and spirit—to become the leaders who know and do what is right to promote good in the world.” Current parents of Notre Dame students provided insight, perspective, and advice for prospective parents, while alumni shared that their relationship with Notre Dame extended far beyond their college years. All were excited to welcome the scholars and their parents into the Notre Dame family.